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10/10/09 5:55 P

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Why people throw away cats and dogs like they're just refuse has always been beyond my comprehension. Basic human decency would seem to militate against it, and yet it happens all the time. Just breaks my heart.

If we had a house and a yard, I think I'd adopt a kitten every time the last one grew to be an adult so that I'd always have a kitten around the place. Just imagine what my cat food and cat litter bills would be after two or three years... emoticon emoticon

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10/10/09 5:08 P

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When I got Rosy at the ASPCA, my friend had to go inside first to scope the place out. I have severe claustrophobia and small spaces with a lot of people trigger panic attacks so he comes out and says, "it's okay, there's only two workers in there". I did go in and was appalled at the number of kittens in cages everywhere I looked. Then the lady behind the counter said, "there's more out back". I couldn't believe my eyes. They were older cats but still sadly in cages. One or two were walking around. I decided on Rosy because when the lady said I could take her out of the cage, she RAN up my front and nuzzled into my neck as if pleading with me not to put her back. I stood there and cried like a baby (which I guess is better than a panic attack). Sorry, I've rambled. How can people abandon these beautiful animals. All they want is to be loved and have a home. I'd better shut up now...lol.

Had a surgery in July. The weight has been creeping up on me since then. Think I was nervous about exercising. Not an excuse. Seriously was worried about damaging myself. Lost 100lbs back in 2009....20lbs back in past 3 1/2 months. Gotta get active....
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10/10/09 4:45 P

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Butterfly apparently came from the pound with giardia, which is a very nasty parasite that can go dormant for years at a time. It became active again when she was about 5 years old, and it took my vet about 6 months to figure out what was wrong with her and give her the right treatment. By the time the giardia got figured out and cured, she had stopped using the litter box because she was just so ticked off at me for giving her medicine for 6 straight months.

So we had the choice of giving her away or moving to another apartment, where she probably wouldn't use the litter box, either. She had always been a very clean cat before the giardia became active and caused her to have terrible diarrhea and so I decided to give her to the Animal Humane Society because they had an older man who had been looking to adopt a declawed cat and so I knew that she would find a new home very quickly. I still miss her a lot, but at least I know that a good home was found for her.

Edited by: VALI_T at: 10/10/2009 (16:48)
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10/10/09 8:54 A

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Why did you have to give Butterfly away?

Had a surgery in July. The weight has been creeping up on me since then. Think I was nervous about exercising. Not an excuse. Seriously was worried about damaging myself. Lost 100lbs back in 2009....20lbs back in past 3 1/2 months. Gotta get active....
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10/9/09 7:57 P

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I just went and looked at the picture of Rosy for the first time. She's absolutely adorable! I hope that she's with you for even longer than Bear was. And don't worry about taking Bear's picture off of your page because "it's time." The right time will be when you feel comfortable doing it, and this is obviously not that time yet.

We had to give away my ocicat Butterfly a couple of years ago and I still have a hard time not thinking of her as still being "mine." I still miss her every day and wish that I still had her instead of Cali Kitten. I love Little Very Bad Girl to pieces, but I'd give her back to the pound if I could have Butterfly back. (The mourning isn't nearly as intense as it was when my first husband died, but I'm still mourning for having to give Butterfly up anyway.)

Anyway, give yourself time to mourn for having to give Bear away and don't worry too much about when you should or should not take his picture off of your SparkPage. I think he looks really good there. emoticon

Edited by: VALI_T at: 10/9/2009 (19:59)
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Well Bear is still alive. He was just too old and set in his ways for my new small apartment and hated it here so my very good friend has him and I got my kitten, Rosy. It was hard giving Bear up because I'd had him 12 1/2 years but if you go to my page, I still have him up there. I can't take him down. Thanks again. Denise

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HI DENISE,

YOU ARE VERY WELCOME...YES WAL-MART KEEPS IT AND PETCO, PET SMART AS WELL...I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH BECAUSE MY LATE CAT WHO DIED LAST JUNE OF 2008 WAS 25 POUNDS AND HER HEART COULDN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE, SHE PASSED ON MY FIANCE'S KITCHEN TABLE...I TRIED TO GET HER TO LOSE, BUT SHE KEPT ON GOING INTO EVERYONE'S FOOD....I HAVE A PHOTO OF HER THAT I NEED TO ADD HER TO MY PET'S PHOTO ON MY SPARK PAGE....I AM GLAD THAT I HELPED YOU IN SOME WAY...TAKE CARE NOW AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU....MY BABY KITTEN IS PUTTING ON WEIGHT NOW, THAT I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT SHE WILL BE 2 YEARS A DAY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY.

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Thanks Spanky! I've kinda discovered on my own that one of my big mistakes was putting too much litter in the pan. I'm use to having a 17lb cat not an itsy bitsy kitten. I appreciate everyone's input. I've had friends looking for those covered litter boxes but no one can find them. I CAN go into Petco if I'm with a certain friend and the place is nearly empty so maybe I'll try this weekend. I'm sure they must have it. Denise

Had a surgery in July. The weight has been creeping up on me since then. Think I was nervous about exercising. Not an excuse. Seriously was worried about damaging myself. Lost 100lbs back in 2009....20lbs back in past 3 1/2 months. Gotta get active....
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I HAVE SEVERAL COVER LITTER BOXES AND ALSO THE REGULAR ONES...I HAVE 5 CATS AND WITH THE COVER BOXES THEY STILL GET THE LITTER ALL OVER THE FLOOR WHEN THEY COME OUT OF IT...THE ONLY THING TO DO IS BUY A PLASTIC MAT AT ANY STORES THAT SELL MATS FOR CATS AND PUT ONE UNDER THE LITTER BOX...THIS WAY YOU JUST HAVE TO EMPTY THE MAT IN THE GARBAGE OR PUT IT BACK IN THE LITTER PAN IF THERE IS NO POOP IN IT...

I ALSO BOUGHT A BROOM WITH A LONG HANDLE AND IT ATTACHES TO A DUST PAN AND I FIND IT GREAT, BECAUSE THIS WAY I DO NOT HAVE TO GO ON MY HANDS AND KNEES ANY MORE....AND ANOTHER IDEA THAT I USE, DO NOT FILL THE LITTER PAN TOO FULL THAT THE CAT COULD SPLATTER THE LITTER ON THE FLOOR...I KEEP ABOUT 2 INCHES HIGH IN THE PAN JUST ENOUGH TO COVER THE BOTTOM OF THE PAN...I HOPE THIS WILL HELP YOU... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10/6/09 12:05 P

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That's a great idea! Never thought of buying on on the web. Thanks! Denise

Had a surgery in July. The weight has been creeping up on me since then. Think I was nervous about exercising. Not an excuse. Seriously was worried about damaging myself. Lost 100lbs back in 2009....20lbs back in past 3 1/2 months. Gotta get active....
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10/6/09 10:25 A

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Covered litter boxes are life savers!!! They take up more space, but so much less clean up. If you don't go out to stores, you could try Amazon:

www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=searc
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They do free shipping on some orders too and depending on the one you choose, they can be pretty inexpensive.

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10/5/09 9:24 P

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I also use a covered litter box. You can find them at about any pet store or large retailer like Wal-Mart.

www.petco.com/product/9965/Booda-Dom
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This is the one I use. I also have an automatic litter box that has a dome as well.

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Give her time, she is learning. She will become much neater as she matures and she will behave as you are hoping

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10/5/09 8:27 P

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I've never used a covered litter box, but I've seen them and I think it would be something that could help with your silly little kitten's habits. (At least she doesn't stink any more....)

The thing that I have done is to use a very large plastic box that was not originally designed to be a litter box. It's about a foot high and has double the area (on the bottom) of the other two litter boxes I've bought which were actually designed to be litter boxes. I imagine that your little one could probably find a way to kick her litter up on the walls anyway, but having a box with walls a foot high has helped us some.

I would also suggest putting something like a bath mat under the litter box to catch as much of Miss Silly's stray litter as possible.....and then vacuum ALL the time. (That's what we do...) emoticon

Good luck. I know that in the end she's going to be worth all of the trouble she's putting you through right now. emoticon emoticon

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10/5/09 8:15 P

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Hmmmm, that may be a problem because I don't go into stores which is probably why I've never seen one of those things. I shall have to call my friend who is a DOLLAR STORE QUEEN as she's always broke and ask her. If not, maybe Walmart? Denise

Had a surgery in July. The weight has been creeping up on me since then. Think I was nervous about exercising. Not an excuse. Seriously was worried about damaging myself. Lost 100lbs back in 2009....20lbs back in past 3 1/2 months. Gotta get active....
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When I have a kitty that is messy at the kitty box I just use a old bath rug to up under the box. It sounds JIM76P has provide with a solution to your problem.



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I've never heard or seen such a thing! Where would I find one of these? Is it a Petco kind of thing?

Had a surgery in July. The weight has been creeping up on me since then. Think I was nervous about exercising. Not an excuse. Seriously was worried about damaging myself. Lost 100lbs back in 2009....20lbs back in past 3 1/2 months. Gotta get active....
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A covered litter box and a litter mat at the entrance might help.

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I'm sorry for being a pest. Most of you know I had a problem with my kitten stinking the house up because of her diet. Okay, that's taken care of after 6 days on a new diet. NEXT PROBLEM. When I had my 12 1/2 year old cat, he would neatly use the litter box and I would scoop the poop and that was that. My new kitten Rosy is a slob!!!! I have to give her a new litter box everyday because she completely flings all of the litter over my bathroom floor, up the wall and anywhere else she fancies. I end up on my knees, sweeping her mess up. Any suggestions?

Had a surgery in July. The weight has been creeping up on me since then. Think I was nervous about exercising. Not an excuse. Seriously was worried about damaging myself. Lost 100lbs back in 2009....20lbs back in past 3 1/2 months. Gotta get active....
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